Since 1985, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci has provided general and cosmetic dentistry services through his private practice, Tocci Dental Associates, in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Dr. Jeffrey Tocci has undergone advanced training in placing dental implants, which, in many ways, represent a better option for tooth replacement than bridges or dentures.
A dental implant is made up of an artificial tooth root, which is implanted in the jawbone, and a porcelain crown designed to match and blend perfectly with the surrounding teeth. Because they mimic the structure of natural teeth, dental implants are more stable than other prosthetics and do not affect the structure of healthy neighboring teeth. Dentures often lose their tight fit over time and slip out of place, making speaking and chewing difficult, and bridges require crown placement on the teeth next to the gap, which weakens those teeth.
Moreover, bridges and dentures rest over the gum tissues, while dental implants are firmly embedded in the bone. This is an important distinction because of the bone deterioration that occurs at the site of a lost tooth. Without a tooth root in place, the bone shrinks and causes a sunken, aged facial appearance, but a dental implant provides the same sort of stimulation to the bone to keep it healthy and dense.